Tips for Building a Home Fitness Studio Suited for Your Lifestyle Goals

Building a Home Gym Without Breaking the BankIf heading to the gym has grown cumbersome or if shyness during workouts has become an uncomfortable situation, perhaps constructing a home fitness studio is a viable solution. Building an Anoka MN home gym does not have to cost a fortune, nor does it need to take up a lot of space within the home. Here are some tips for building a home gym to promote fitness goals.

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Clear Out a Room and Create a Space

Those with a spare room available will have a clear option as opposed to those who may have to suffice with a separated space amid a living room, bedroom or office. Clear out any potential distractions and clutter that impede workout efforts. If using any type of video or motivational music is desired, set up a computer or TV. If using a ‘shared' room, consider investing in a divider screen or utilize sheer curtains to create privacy. Another way to improve a workout space is to add mirrors when possible. This makes the area feel larger and can help one work on their form during exercise sessions.

Consider Safe, Resilient Flooring

Before moving any equipment into the space, it's essential to consider the type of flooring underfoot. Hardwoods, ceramic and laminates are fine, but consider that these floors can be slippery and heavy equipment gets noisy if dropped and could also damage the floor. Carpet is excellent as are rubber flooring and bamboo options that offer slip-resistance, water-resistance and also cut back on noise. Interlocking rubber mats that are commonly used in toddler playrooms can easily be laid atop existing solid flooring to create a safe workout space. 

Basic Fitness Center Ideas

Creating an effective workout room doesn't require bulky and expensive equipment for those seeking a place to perform a simple fitness routine. Foam rollers are excellent for core strengthening, as props for yoga and stability poses, and they can also knead out sore muscles after a tough workout or long day.

One can easily boost health and heart rates without the need for space takers like an elliptical or treadmills. Consider including stackable steppers, a small trampoline, a folding bike, punching bag, stretch bands and a jump rope to create a heart-healthy cardio circuit routine. If the ceilings are too low to accommodate bouncing on a trampoline or jump roping, check out 'rope-less' jump ropes that only require the slight movement of the the hands and the traditional 'skipping' movement.

For moderate strength training, there are dumbbells available today that are weight-adjustable, making just ONE set necessary. Get more out of the space by safely using dumbbells on an adjustable incline bench press, which can also serve as a great form-holder when doing sit-ups and crunches. If a piece of cardio equipment is a must, consider a small treadmill or spin bike within the budget.

Dedicated Weight Rooms

In addition to the small, easily tucked away items mentioned in the basic fitness room recommendations, those committed to beefing up with weights will need a bit more when building a home gym setup. Of course, the adjustable incline bench will require an attachment that holds long-style push-up weight bars, and typically these are included with the bench.

However, beyond weight bars and free weights, avid bodybuilders can meet a variety of their fitness goals with all-in-one pieces of equipment. Generally speaking, these machines are bulky, heavy and expensive but can easily be paid for through savings reaped by eliminating gym memberships. The key to building a great weight room is knowing what your goals are and determining just how much equipment is actually needed to help those be attained. 

Looking for tips on how to create an ideal workout room or space? Contact a local home improvement contractor for advice and estimates today.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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